Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Paris, France (August 10, 2021)

Location: Throughout France

Event: Two events:

  • The Travel Warning for France has been raised to Level 4 – Do Not Travel
  • The French government has issued official instructions on how people vaccinated outside France and the European Union can obtain a French/EU Health Pass

EVENT 1: Travel Warning Change:

On August 9, the Travel Advisory for France went from Level 3 – Reconsider Travel, to Level 4 – Do Not Travel, and the Centers for Disease Control returned France to a Level 4 Travel Health Notice due to increasing COVID cases in France.  The full text of the Travel Advisory is below:

Do not travel to France due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in France due to terrorism and civil unrest.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for France due to COVID-19 indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into France.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in France.

Country Summary: Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in France.  Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Demonstrations in Paris and other major cities continue in France and are expected to continue in the coming weeks.  Property damage, including looting and arson, in populated tourist areas has occurred with reckless disregard for public safety.  Police have responded with water cannons, rubber bullets, and tear gas.  The U.S. Embassy is advising official U.S. government travelers to avoid travel to Paris and other major cities in France on the weekends.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to France:

  • See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when traveling to tourist locations and large crowded public venues.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Review travel plans if you will be in France on weekends.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities including movement restrictions related to any ongoing police action.
  • Find a safe location, and shelter in place if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for France.
  • Have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

Event 2: Instructions for People Vaccinated in the U.S. to receive a French Health Pass 

On August 10, the French government released instructions on how people vaccinated outside the European Union, including people vaccinated in the United States, may obtain a French Health Pass.  Please see the instructions at Applying for a COVID certificate if you were vaccinated abroad (procedure for non-EU tourists) – Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (diplomatie.gouv.fr).

For now, the system is open for people age 18 and above who are already in France or who are traveling to France on or before August 15.  (Until September 30, the health pass is only required for people age 18 and above.)  These travelers must have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccines outside of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, England, or Wales.

Travelers should apply before they come to France.  Each traveler must apply separately.  They will need to submit a scanned copy (in .pdf, .jpg, or .png format) of the following:

  • A vaccination certificate issued in accordance with the rules of their country of residence, demonstrating full vaccination with an approved vaccine;
  • a valid passport;
  • return airline tickets;
  • an application form available on the website.

The email, with all attachments, cannot be over 10 MB in size.

Specific instructions are provided for how to format the request and where to send it.  If these instructions are not followed exactly, the application will not be processed.  Processing time will depend on the number of inquiries received.  The French government asks that people do not send follow-up emails asking for the status of the request, as this will delay the request.

For questions, please see the information, including Frequently Asked Questions and an email address for assistance, at the Applying for a COVID certificate if you were vaccinated abroad (procedure for non-EU tourists) – Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (diplomatie.gouv.fr) website.  The U.S. Embassy has no access to the French system, nor can we assist in this process.

In the meantime, if you are in France or coming to France imminently and need a health pass, please be advised that rapid antigen tests conducted in France (available on a walk-in basis at local pharmacies) serve as a health pass valid for 72 hours.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past three weeks and have symptoms.
  • Visit CDC’s website

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Paris, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22
CitizenInfo@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22
CitizenInfoMarseille@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Strasbourg, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22
USAStrasbourg@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

France Country Specific Information

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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